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Acclaimed as “unfailingly vital” (The New York Times), and “downtown’s reigning string quartet” (The New Yorker), ETHEL invigorates the contemporary music scene with exuberance, intensity, and exceptional artistry.

ETHEL performs adventurous music by celebrated composers such as Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe, Phil Kline, Andy Akiho, David Lang, John King, John Zorn, Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, Kenji Bunch, JacobTV, Don Byron, Marcelo Zarvos, Evan Ziporyn, Judd Greenstein, Terry Riley, Kimo Williams and Mary Ellen Childs.

ETHEL’s 2014-15 season celebrates the diversity of regional American music, anchored by tours of the multi-media ETHEL’s Documerica, a collaboration with guitar virtuoso Kaki King, “Music of the Sun” concerts with Taos Pueblo flutist Robert Mirabal, and “Grace,” featuring music by Ennio Morricone and Jeff Buckley. ETHEL is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Grand Canyon Music Festival’s Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project and at Denison University, and is Resident Ensemble at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Balcony Bar.

Founded in 1998, ETHEL is comprised of Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), Kip Jones (violin), and Corin Lee (violin).